3 years ago

How many AP courses do you think is advisable to take in 4 months

Hi 👋🏿, I'm a junior in high school at Nigeria and I just recently found out that AP courses increase my chances of getting into an ivy League school and so I decided to take a few.

My school doesn't teach any AP course and so I'll be self-studying for the exams. The next AP exam is next year May which leaves me with just a little over four months to study for the exams.

The problem is, I want to take like 10 AP courses and write exams on all of them next year May. But I still have to go to school (10 hours at school) and focus on my GPA (which is very low btw) while still bolstering my extracurriculars (I'm only involved in 5 right now). Not just that, I still have to study for my WAEC (West African Examination) which starts on the 5th of June next year. I also have to write SAT and ACT next year.

I'm so confused. I really want to get into one of the Ivy League schools. Someone please help me 😞.


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3 years ago

Hi @Jedidah!

I would not recommend taking 10 AP courses in the span of four months and self-studying for all of them because that is a large commitment on top of your existing coursework. This could ultimately result in a drop in your grades/GPA. Since your school does not normally offer AP courses, that will not be held against you during the college application process - admissions officers reviewing your application will know that your school does not offer AP classes.

Your biggest focus should be your GPA and SAT/ACT because those will be the first things that admissions officers see, so you want those stats to really impress them. If you think you will be able to maintain a good GPA and do well on the WAEC and SAT/ACT, then possibly try to self-study for 1-2 AP exams, but I personally would not recommend more unless you have prior knowledge of the topics being tested.

Hope that helps!

3 years ago

hi jedidah, i wouldnt advise taking much in 4 months and since it's only half a year it'd be half credit. over here most schools are in there second semester which i assume you are too. starting an ap class would be redundant at this point because unfortunately they've covered so much in the first semester it'd be super hard to catch up with the material that theyve gone over, you'd only hurt your grades trying to juggle all the work + studying that you'll do for exams. you want to be in good shape for ap tests which occur in may aka very soon. my best advice would be full ap next year (7 courses) during the school year and 3 over the summer. so you can study for all you exams and not be completely stressed out, which would optimize you grades! you seem to be doing great keep up the good work! 🙌🏾😁

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